Student: I was expelled from Oklahoma school for marrying another woman

Christian Minard (r) married Kadyn Parks on March 17, 2014.

Christian Minard (r) married Kadyn Parks on March 17, 2014.


CNN: First there was friendship. Then there was romance. After that there was marriage.

And now, at what would have been a few weeks from her senior year in college, Christian Minard finds herself expelled from school — because the person she married is another woman.

In a letter from earlier this month that Minard shared with CNN, an administrator at Southwestern Christian University noted that he’d been told of Minard’s same-sex homosexual marriage and saw pictures of it posted to Facebook.

Such a union is in apparent conflict with the “lifestyle covenant” of the university “that all students must agree and sign,” he added.

“As an American and a Christian, I do respect your choice,” the administrator wrote. “(But) I have to uphold the Lifestyle Covenant at SCU and confront you with our position. “Due to this recent event, you will not be able to attend SCU in the future.”

When asked to confirm that the school — which describes itself as part of the “International Pentecostal Holiness” denomination — sent the letter and to elaborate on the decision, the school’s provost, Connie Sjoberg, said only that federal law “prohibits us from confirming if an individual is or has been a student at our institution.”

Sjoberg added, “We therefore cannot comment on your specific request.”

Did Minard sign the school’s morality covenant? Yes, she concedes. But she still thinks her expulsion is unfair. Plenty of other students violate the contract in one way or another without being expelled, she says. Minard thinks she is singled out because she’s a lesbian.

In addition to the emotional sting, the 22-year-old says she is now stuck personally — not knowing what to do, or where to go next.

“I’m trying to figure out how and where I can graduate,” she told CNN, noting that she’ll have to start paying off her loans at the end of next year unless things change. “… It’s going to be hard to get into classes that may be full, because they gave me very little notice before the fall semester starts.”

Located in the metropolitan Oklahoma City community of Bethany, Southwestern Christian University’s website states the school’s three core values are scholarship, service and spirit. The latter value includes “building a Christ-centered community,” “honoring our Pentecostal Holiness heritage” and “respecting diversity and various Christian backgrounds.”

Minard came to the school on scholarship for basketball, though her playing career was cut short after doctors told her — after she’d suffered multiple concussions — that she should avoid sports with physical contact.

“I stayed on without a scholarship,” Minard said, “because I was so invested in the university and knew that some credits wouldn’t transfer to other schools.”

Meanwhile, her life was changing in other ways as well. About 3½ years ago, she met her future spouse, Kadyn Park. They started out as friends, and romance blossomed over time. “We eventually fell in love and decided to get married,” Minard said.

The couple wed March 17 in Albuquerque, New Mexico — a state where same-sex homosexual marriage is legal.

She had planned to become a strength and conditioning coach. “Once I graduated,” Minard said, “I was willing to go wherever life took me.” Her educational and professional path, though, is now far from clear.

Yet Minard feels that she’s in the right place in her own spiritual journey. Having grown up in the Lutheran Church, Minard notes that she “at first … struggled” with the idea that her faith was at odds with her sexuality.

“I had questions, but I worked through those questions,” she said. “And now I have a strong faith in God. And I believe you can still have faith in God and live a gay lifestyle.”

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Paul Lemmen
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Paul Lemmen

Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

wildriver
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wildriver

…“I had questions, but I worked through those questions,” she said. “And now I have a strong faith in God. And I believe you can still have faith in God and live a gay lifestyle.”… 2Th 2:11-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. I feel pity for these people, knowing that at the appropriate time their willful twisting of scripture will rain damnation down upon their heads. Those who in their headlong rush… Read more »

swampygirl
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. “And now I have a strong faith in God. And I believe you can still have faith in God and live a gay lifestyle.” This woman is deluded. She can have all the faith in God she wants. Does she think faith gets one into heaven…….The Man has rules you know! What is it about the word “abomination” that she is having trouble understanding? I don;t even know a stronger word that God could use in the Bible to describe his disgust at what she is doing. And why would she presume that a Pentecostal University would simply allow… Read more »

TrailDust
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TrailDust

Sad and troubling trend. There will be more people like her, trying to break down the Christian institutions. God wants us to love her, but deplore the sin. We are all sinners, and if God hated us for it, He would not have ransomed us through Jesus’ death on the cross.
Hate the sin, but love the sinner.

MomofIV
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MomofIV

“I had questions, but I worked through those questions,” she said. “And now I have a strong faith in God. And I believe you can still have faith in God and live a gay lifestyle.” So, is she saying that since she has “accepted” her homosexuality that NOW she has a strong faith in God? Where was the strong faith prior? I’m disgusted that she used her sodomite lifestyle to justify her ‘stronger’ faith in God….if ever there was a prime example of an oxymoron, here it is. “her faith was at odds with her sexuality”….her sexuality was more important.… Read more »

grandmashirley77
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Where is the problem? This is a Christian University! God Bless them they stood for what is right! According to the 2010 Census figures, 80% of the U. S. Population is Christian. 1.8% of the U. S. Population is Jewish and the muslim population is 2.1%. The Orthodox church is 1%. This means that approximately 85% of the United States citizens believe in God! According to the Bible, Homosexuality is an Abomination to God! The practice is not acceptable to any of these religions. According to Gallup Polls, only 4% of the United States population are “Gay” Come reason with… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Well, it is sad that her educational career has been disrupted; now she has to transfer to another university. All of her credits may not transfer. But when we make choices, there are consequences to those choices. It is not fair for her to seek to be absolved from the consequences of dismissal. Because, if she were not to face these consequences, then she would personally have control by her own choices of the Christian university. In other words, she would be “writing the law” for the whole community itself by her individual choices. That would make her a dictator…… Read more »

Leeann Springer
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Leeann Springer

Homosexuality has always been in society. It’s the celebration and pride of the abomination, that will lead to the destruction of our country. God will not bless a person or a nation that takes deliberate and celebrated pride in grievous sins such as sodomy. Nowhere in the Bible does it say “hate the sin, but love the sinner”. God never condoned sin or the sinner. It says in Luke 5:31: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Jesus died on the cross so that others would reconcile themselves to God. Those who do not reconcile themselves… Read more »

Chuck Cloninger
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This person is a Junior in college and she makes such astoundingly wrong and foolish choices? Has she learned anything about life and the responsibility ones choices carry? I would never hire this person to be an employee of mine as she obviously feels that she gets to dictate to the University (and later possibly an employer) what SHE feels should happen. This despite a signed agreement she voluntarily made saying that she would follow the University rules? No way! What if there were a dress code at her employer and she shows up one day in a bikini because… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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I am with the school on this one. This university made it clear to this student from the get-go what their positions were, and they had this “lady” sign it. So it’s apparent to me that this “lady” did this to flip the school off with a clear violation of contract.
Infiltrators usually are more clever than this!

christy
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christy

My son attended this school last year. He said that they constantly stress that homosexuality is wrong, so there is no way this chick could have been that surprised by this action. I just fear that there will be a lawsuit with Eric Holder’s name all over it!! Hopefully they will not back down.

Seumas
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Seumas

Apparently there are some fundamental mis or disinformation in the way this young woman was brought up… Before she attended this school I would imagien she attended public school, and was indoctrinated via the “health”/sex “ed” (Read: conditioning/brainwashing) classes therein, whats more, with no proper understanding of the entire spiritual realm nor of actual cosmology presented in such an environment, she has some demons to exorcise, figuratively and I do imagine literally. She should also seek education on what Love actually is and that there are different sorts, also that lust is not love, and is about as worthless as… Read more »

swampygirl
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Seumas, this woman was raised within the Lutheran Church. They are notoriously liberal. Most branches but not all allow sodomite pastors which could have contributed to this woman’s confusion.

CalGirl
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CalGirl

Like an old Jerry Lewis movie I say, “Hey Laaaaay-deeee! Boo Hoo!” : This is a private University. Did you NOT know that when you applied & then later checked the box “I will be attending,” when you were offered acceptance? Did you not sign the morality covenant? Furthermore—you have NO standing in claiming that “others” have violated the covenant in some manner….b/c you have NO RIGHT to evaluate anyone else’s conduct with the university. MYOB. That’s between those OTHER students and the university…JUST LIKE your situation is between YOU and the university. GROW UP! That “everyone else does it”… Read more »